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My dog has parvo, he is being treated on an outpatient basis, he has been given an antiviral / antibiotic shot called Convenia as well as regular shots once a day of vomit suppressant drug called Cerenia and i am also giving him subcutaneous fluids as directed by my veterinarian however... it is now day 6 of symptoms and he has still yet to make any attempt to eat food. my question is: would the benefits of force feeding him outweigh the risks at this point? My vet advised AGAINST force feeding him yet i still feel like i should... any second opinions?
 

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Agree with the previous posts, I wouldn't sit back and just do what I'm told.

Is the dog at least drinking water? Or is it just IV?
 

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DO NOT force feed your pup! Parvo involves the gastrointestinal systems so you really don't want to tax it at this time....it is dehydration that usually kills dogs so keeping it hydrated is the most important thing to do. That is why the anti nausea meds and SQ fluids are sooo important. Keep up the meds, call your vet with ANY concerns, and definitely don't run out of bags of the ringers solution!!


P.S. Check his gums/ skin frequently for signs of dehydration.

P.S P.S Google this from Colorado State University........'New Protocols Gives Puppies a Fighting Chance'
 

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If she's still drinking water, you may be able to capitalize on that.

Boil down some finely diced meat - beef, chicken or pork, strain it and see if she'll take the meat flavored water. Another thing is bone broth, you can find recipes online and it's easy to make, just takes time.

If she'll take the meat flavored water, maybe try to sneak some vitamin powder in, see if she'll still drink it.
 

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Something else too, maybe she'll drink some "ensure" or other meal replacement drink. Ensure has lactose, not sure if you can find lactose free or not.

At least it'll get something into him.
 

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@jagger thats sounds like a great idea, i'll prepare him some meat flavored water and see if he goes for that, i'll post regular updates if anyone is interested. thank you for the good idea
 

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@LuvMyFluff Yes ive heard of the case studies at colorado institute regarding the 40 parvo pups, and i think your right i shouldn't force feed him because parvo attacks the microvilli within the intestines and GI tracts

i just wanted to post here to get some creative ideas and second opinions because its been sooo long since hes eaten * 7 days now * and i'm really worried but over all your right, i wont force feed him that will just cause him more abdominal pain / vomiting / diarrhea
 

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Hoping for the best for your little one! Yes, keep us posted!
 
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Beef liver remedy for failing puppies

Take a large piece of beef liver, add a little bit of water, and boil slowly, about 5 minutes, until the blood comes out. Let cool, drain the liquid and put just 4 drops (no matter the breed) into a dropper and give to puppy. At first you give it every 2 hours for 12 hours, then every 4 hours. Continue until you feel the puppy is thriving. Don't use any of the liver itself, it's way too rich, just the liquid
 

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Beef liver remedy for failing puppies

Take a large piece of beef liver, add a little bit of water, and boil slowly, about 5 minutes, until the blood comes out. Let cool, drain the liquid and put just 4 drops (no matter the breed) into a dropper and give to puppy. At first you give it every 2 hours for 12 hours, then every 4 hours. Continue until you feel the puppy is thriving. Don't use any of the liver itself, it's way too rich, just the liquid
I think this is a good idea, and paired with meat flavored water could really help. Please try these, and let us know how things are going.
 

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Beef liver remedy for failing puppies

Take a large piece of beef liver, add a little bit of water, and boil slowly, about 5 minutes, until the blood comes out. Let cool, drain the liquid and put just 4 drops (no matter the breed) into a dropper and give to puppy. At first you give it every 2 hours for 12 hours, then every 4 hours. Continue until you feel the puppy is thriving. Don't use any of the liver itself, it's way too rich, just the liquid
I've never heard of that, will be filed away for future. Thanks.
 

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Okay guys soo its now day 8 and he FINALLY ATE SOME CHICKEN BREAST, i did the whole meat flavored water thing for the last 2 days and i really think it triggered his appetite, hes looking A TON better today, walking around wagging his tail ect, alot of his energy and strength has returned he ate about half a whole chicken breast!!!

i also gave him some liquid vitamin B12 and i also gave him Paxxin a.k.a Parvaid prior to his appetite returned, thank you everyone for the helpful input and thank you soo much for caring i think my pup is gonna make a full recovery!!!!
 

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Okay guys soo its now day 8 and he FINALLY ATE SOME CHICKEN BREAST, i did the whole meat flavored water thing for the last 2 days and i really think it triggered his appetite, hes looking A TON better today, walking around wagging his tail ect, alot of his energy and strength has returned he ate about half a whole chicken breast!!!

i also gave him some liquid vitamin B12 and i also gave him Paxxin a.k.a Parvaid prior to his appetite returned, thank you everyone for the helpful input and thank you soo much for caring i think my pup is gonna make a full recovery!!!!

That's awesome news for you and the dog. Hopefully he's on the road to recovery.
 
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